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Jeffrey Deitch reveals details about upcoming Shepard Fairey show in New York

January 22, 2010 |  6:00 am

Aung Jeffrey Deitch is planning to close his New York gallery with a bang. The art dealer, who was recently named the new director of Los Angeles' Museum of Contemporary Art, said that his final exhibition will be a solo show of work by street artist (and political lightening rod) Shepard Fairey.

Speaking on the phone from New York, Deitch said  the exhibition will feature "probably more than 20 works" by Fairey. The show is set to open May 1 and will run through the month at Deitch Projects' SoHo location on Wooster Street.

Deitch said the theme of the exhibition is Fairey's "vision of America" and will include portraits of some of Fairey's "American heroes." He said that the artist has been working on the project for about a year.

A spokesman for Fairey at the artist's L.A. studio said portraits in the show will primarily depict people from the fields of music, culture and art -- including Debbie Harry and Woodie Guthrie. In addition, the show will feature portraits of the Dalai Lama and political activist Aung San Suu Kyi.

Fairey is also planning on creating site-specific outdoor murals as part of the exhibition. His studio said that there will be several of these large-scale murals and that "we try to do as much outdoor as indoor work."

As part of his new job at MOCA, Deitch will cease his gallery operations to avoid conflicts of interest. Deitch started representing Fairey last summer, according to a statement released by the artist.

In the statement, Fairey expressed optimism about MOCA's controversial choice to choose Deitch as its new head:

I am extremely excited that the museum has made such a bold choice to lead one of my favorite hometown institutions. Jeffrey has always been at the nexus of so much that is happening in art today. From fine art to street art to collecting and showcasing established and emerging artist, I am convinced he will set a new standard for contemporary art museums in the United States.

-- David Ng

Photo: Fairey's portrait of Aung San Suu Kyi. Credit: Shepard Fairey

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